Review: i.am+ Buttons

Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am likes to think of himself as a bit of a technology auteur. His own website describes him as being “an idea generator” and someone who is on the “frontier of interactive technology” . The sad reality is that everything, up until this point, that has been born from the idea generator’s mind has amounted to nothing more than a giant, steaming pile of — and I’m being quite polite here — shite. Continue reading

Review: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop

The new XPS 13 2-in-1 is Dell’s latest offering in what is still a relatively small hybrid laptop/tablet market. It’s not that hybrids haven’t been around for years now, quite the opposite in fact, the first hybrids hit the market a decade ago. The problem they’ve had is that most of them (up until recently) have just been complete shite, but Dell have taken the bull by the horns, embracing the convertible to create what I believe is one of the most satisfying laptops I’ve used in the past few years.

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Review: Apple AirPods

Apple has a grand history of making great-bad products. From the iconically troublesome G4 Cube to the more recent dead-in-the-water Mac Pro trashcan, they have an uncanny ability to create bad products that people must have.

Well, fear not Apple fans, they’ve managed to do it again! Amongst all their success from the iMac, iPhone and iPods, Apple have managed to engineer what may be their very best great-bad product to date; the Apple AirPods. Continue reading

Review: Beoplay H5 wireless earphones

As you’d expect from Bang & Olufsen the Beoplay H5 wireless earphones are an exquisitely designed, beautiful, minimalistic product. Each of their lightweight earbuds contains a tiny 6.4mm driver along with a 50mAh Li-ion battery that delivers a modest five hours of battery life.

Beoplay H5 earbuds connected
The Beoplay H5 earbuds magnetically connected

The earbuds come equipped with a relatively standard silicone ear tip that, like most included silicon tips, is pretty useless in creating a decent seal. Surprisingly though B&o seem to know that choosing to include a set of Comply sport tips in the box, a very welcomed addition. After the switch the earbuds fit well, as you’d expect, and while they’ll never stay in place as well as a set of headphone with over-the-ear support they managed to not fall out during a sweaty 5km run. How they fit you will of course be different to me, but with the right tips on them and the ultra light weight of the buds themselves, most people wont have a problem with them for day to day and active use. Continue reading

Review: Beats Powerbeats3

Beats by Dre’s Powerbeats3 wireless earbuds are one of only a handful available today that includes Apple’s hassle-free-connection W1 chip. Out of those it’s the only one who’s design includes around the ear support, which is a godsend for those constantly battling with earbuds that never quite fit and for more active folk running or working out at the gym.

To look at the Powerbeats3 are almost identical to that of its predecessor the Powersbeats2. There are some subtle differences in colouring and shape here and there but you’d be hard pressed to notice.

Internally though, there’s little that remains the same. New twin drivers along with a vastly improved battery life going from six to twelve hours and of course the aforementioned W1 chip go a long way to seperate the Powerbeats3 from their past.

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Review: Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn (HZD) is the latest title from long time PlayStation collaborator Guerrilla Games. Known primarily for their highly successful first-person shooter series Killzone the last thing anyone expected Guerrilla to produce was an open-world RPG title. What’s surprised people even more is just how well they’ve pulled it off, creating one of the year’s most successful and well received titles that many are already heralding as “game of the year”. Continue reading

Review: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27″ Monitor

The robotically named PG279Q from ASUS’ “Republic Of Gamers” (ROG) Swift product line is by no means the newest of monitors available on the market. In fact it was released over twelve months ago in late 2015, which begs the question: why am I reviewing it now at the beginning of 2017?

Since it’s release the PG279Q has received an inordinate amount of praise. Reviewers and consumers alike consider it to be one of, if not the best, gaming monitor available today. Retailing at just under A$1200 it would want to be too and it’s for that reason I had to get my hands on one to see what all the fuss was about. Continue reading